We’ve all heard a number of horrific stories of incredibly negligent and dangerous conduct by medical doctors circulating around the Internet and media in general. In extreme circumstances, a surgeon might leave his glove inside the patient’s body while suturing the opening, effectively sealing a foreign, latex object in their patient’s innards. Obviously, a lawsuit will spring forth from this situation, and a substantial amount of damages will be paid to the victim. In some more, grey-area types of situations, doctors have advised their patients to take a course of action that, for one reason or another, is going to cause more harm than good in the patient. A doctor might suggest to an overweight patient that they jog three or four times a week as a way to lose weight and improve their cardiovascular functioning, all while failing to notice that this patient has leg problems such as a bum knee (in layman’s terms). This could be determined to be malpractice, especially if something terribly damaging befalls the patient after attempting to jog around their neighborhood. But what happens when doctors make public recommendations, backed by the full force of their authority in the field of health and medicine, which actually mislead the public into continued danger which could very easily have been avoidable? Nothing! They are generally applauded by the news media who notoriously, and with nothing short of supernatural accuracy, always back the wrong horse in everything by peddling fear where fear is not called for!
This brings to mind one particular scene from the popular television animated series Family Guy, where the Quahog, RI local news channel shows a video of people sneezing at a salad bar in order to blatantly scare their viewers even more than they’ve already been scared. Recollections of humorous scenes aside, this is exactly what’s taking place regarding the increasingly popular and controversial topic of electronic cigarettes. “Doctors” who should maintain within their bodies a desire to follow their faculties of reasoning and scientific analysis, are either wilfully or through gross ignorance misleading the public into fearing something that they should welcome with praise. The ingenuity of the modern inventor has birthed a device that assists addicted smokers in breaking the deadly habit which consumes their lives, their health, and their bank accounts, where everything else has failed to help… And these supposed “medical professionals” are paying more attention to media catch phrases, government corruption funded by the extremely wealthy and influential tobacco industry, and lobbying organizations whose goals are to eliminate their opposition, not necessarily to help the victims of their opposition’s questionable activities.
Many doctors are informing the public that E-liquids, used by E-cigarettes to create the “smoke” (read: vapor) inhaled by E-cig users, contains the same toxic chemicals present in antifreeze. In reality, and easily verified by chemical analysis, anti-freeze contains ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol, both of which are fatal to humans in the quantities found in antifreeze. These same doctors claim that nobody knows what ingredients are in E-juice… which is simply and absolutely untrue. E-juice manufacturers all use the same four basic ingredients to create their products… and they post these ingredients for all to read, because they have nothing to hide. They very openly report to anyone who wants to know that vegetable glycerine, nicotine, food flavorings, and propylene glycol are used to make E-cigarette juice. Propylene glycol is different than ethylene glycol… because propylene and ethylene are not the same (forgive the Barney-style breakdown for the unintelligent holders of PH.D. degrees amongst my readership). Ethylene and diethylene glycol are toxic. Propylene glycol is NOT toxic! In fact, propylene glycol is found in food, medications, and even some asthma inhalers! It’s found in sanitized air (as found in many hospitals). The other day I noticed it as one of the first listed ingredients in my Mio Energy water-flavoring liquid… which is squeezed in greater or lesser proportions into water to add both flavor and caffeine, then ingested without fatal consequences.
So, these medical professionals… like one, Tracy Kane, who recently spoke out against E-cigarettes in Philadelphia, are either through gross ignorance or wilful maliciousness, misleading the public into avoiding something that could potentially save thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of lives. The legal definition of medical malpractice states that it is a failure to provide the care required by the generally accepted standards of the medical community at large. There are four elements which must be established legally in order to “prove” malpractice in a court of law: the physician owed care to the recipient(s) of that care, he/she violated that particular generally accepted standard of care, the recipient of that care needs to have suffered an injury of some sort, and that particular injury was directly related to the violation of care in question.
In our scenario, doctors who make “professional” public statements, using their social standing as a “professional” to add gravity to their statements, owe all of those who accept their statements as gospel truth a certain degree of actual, real truth regarding the health benefits and smoking cessation qualities of E-cigarettes. They have violated the standard of care that states, quite obviously, that they not mislead their patients so completely as to actually advise them to avoid healthy behavior. These so-called professionals have caused harm to their patients in that they have given them a foundation of untruths on which to base decisions regarding their own health… and if these patients are consequently unable to quit smoking and suffer the harm of cancer or even death, the level of harm is simply increased. And last but not least, this harm is obviously directly related to these doctors’ “professional” advice that E-cigarettes are dangerous. In addition to all four of these requirements for legally-proven medical malpractice being met, these doctors and medical professionals are also guilty of betraying their Hippocratic Oath, which states that they do NO harm.
So, in conclusion, what these people are doing is negligent at best, and criminally evil at worst. They are using their social standing as medical experts to mislead the public into avoiding the very thing that could be their only saving grace. Shame on them! And if someone decides to start a class action lawsuit against these less-than-human, greedy half-wits… I would love to join in the fun! Let me know the moment said lawsuit is filed, please.